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So, Im pretty stoked about upgrading my sig rig to Bulldozer, as my chip should be arriving tomorrow.

I'm trying not to turn this into a flame-fest, as most bulldozer threads tend to turn out that way. I've already hit the killswitch and ordered the CPU, which is non-returnable. Also, from what I hope, BD should be a joy to overclock.

So, my question is, will my AC Freezer be able to handle the temperatures that a bulldozer OC involves, or will I need to upgrade my heatsink?

I'm, not totally set on only going air, but water cooling kind of scares me. However if enough reasonable arguments come through, I just might look into water cooling.

My budget for a potential upgrade is about 50-60 USD, and I plan on keeping my new CPU overclocked by about 1GHz, for a total clock around 4.1 GHz.

Any recommendations on what you think the best cooling unit for that budget would be much appreciated, also any insight that an upgraded cooler might not give me any better temps would also be much appreciated.

EDIT: almost forgot, I've seen a lot of massive coolers being recommended, will something like the Thermalright Macho be too large for my MoBo without blocking the relatively high clearance on my Corsair Vengeance RAM?
Edited by Ballistic Buddha - 10/16/11 at 4:09pm
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first of all congrats on the BD !!!!!

air cooling wise everybody would say noctua d14 or silver arrow.

You could try and get a corsair hydro series cooler. They are closed loop so no maintance required, just install and enjoy. They are pretty much the same performance wise as a high end air cooler.
You could check the fir sale threads, I saw an h60 bnib for sale at around your budget.
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first of all congrats on the BD !!!!!

air cooling wise everybody would say noctua d14 or silver arrow.

You could try and get a corsair hydro series cooler. They are closed loop so no maintance required, just install and enjoy. They are pretty much the same performance wise as a high end air cooler.
You could check the fir sale threads, I saw an h60 bnib for sale at around your budget.
Thanks, I recently just stumbled into the water cooling forum and read up on what an ALS really is, and it gives me some more piece of mind as they almost never leak. So, I'll look around for some deals to see if I can snag me a Corsair H series or an Antec Khuler for around my price range. an ALS might be a better solution for me mainly as they are a lot more space efficient when it comes to concerns about blocking my RAM slots.
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Save your money until you can afford a Silver Arrow. If you are using the Gigabyte board you ought to be able to control your fans with Voltage (see the section in your manual on your BIOS, PC Health). That means you can control a D14's fans. So if you can get one of those cheap, it's another option.

I also have an AC FP7. I keep it next to me as a reminder to do my homework before I buy anything. I certainly would not put it in anything I overclocked, and nothing that was not buried to hide the noise. But it will do until you can afford a good cooler.
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Save your money until you can afford a Silver Arrow. If you are using the Gigabyte board you ought to be able to control your fans with Voltage (see the section in your manual on your BIOS, PC Health). That means you can control a D14's fans. So if you can get one of those cheap, it's another option.

I also have an AC FP7. I keep it next to me as a reminder to do my homework before I buy anything. I certainly would not put it in anything I overclocked, and nothing that was not buried to hide the noise. But it will do until you can afford a good cooler.
After doing a little research, it looks like if I were to go pure air, The silver arrow would be the cooler to get, however, how does it compare to an H60/H90 or Khuler 620/920, because those are certainly more space efficient.
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After doing a little research, it looks like if I were to go pure air, The silver arrow would be the cooler to get, however, how does it compare to an H60/H90 or Khuler 620/920, because those are certainly more space efficient.
According to the reviews I've seen, those rads can match the SA only by making lots of noise.
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